posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 02:07 PM
Has anyone ever discovered unusually talented people in unlikely places?
Some years ago I worked for a company that installed PA and background music systems (we were responsible for the crap musak that used to be played in
Mc.Ds).We were installing a PA (Public Address) system into the dole office in Battersea and I was in the basement that was I think two floors below
street level,so kinda spooky and almost deserted but still occupied by a few staff hence the need for a PA and fire warning system.I was working away
when I heard a very clear woman's voice singing Otis Redding's "Dock of the bay" and thought to myself how strange to have a hi-fi system that
must have been very expensive to have sounded that good deep in the basement of a building such as a dole office.So I walked towards the source of the
sound and was VERY surprised to find a black negro woman singing while sat at her desk in the archive department,the apparant sole occupant of the
sub basement level of this building.She was singing because she was happy,despite having worked down there for ten years and only seeing daylight
before and after work.But what a voice,this was easily the best version of this song I'd ever heard and would have put to shame every single entrant
in todays "talent" shows (a term I use VERY loosely).What a waste having a singing voice as perfect as that shut up deep underground,even more
remarkable was being shut up down there would have driven me stir crazy after about one day but she was still ready to what was expected of her
without question.Wish I could have stayed and listened to some more of her remarkable talent,but that was my last day on that job.
Different job but installing jukeboxes in pubs,this time in a pub in Newhaven on the Sussex coast.Took a break in one of the old bedrooms upstairs
with the builders,and one of them who was in his late teens found an old acoustic guitar that only had five strings left and was hopelessly out of
tune.He picked it up and started strumming away,gave the machine heads a quick tweak to try and get it in better tune and sang The Jams "English
Rose" better than Weller ever did with six strings in his six string guitar.Maybe he's famous now,maybe not,who knows?
Any more like this?